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    seek to ease path for html Ketchup Bottle Solution MIT s LiquiGlide Finally Fixes Our Condiment Problem http www huffingtonpost com 2012 05 23 ketchup bottle solution n 1539716 html Live Chat Is Nanotechnology the Future of Medicine http news sciencemag org sciencenow 2012 05 live chat is nanotechnology the html T8StIesNQRE email I hope you and your family are enjoying the spring weather Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org WIA Recommends Water Watts Tues June 19th Washington DC Posted on June 8th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments Please join the Atlantic Council s Energy and Environment Program for a workshop examining the energy water nexus and saving energy and water in the municipal industrial and commercial sectors Water Watts Potential to Save Energy and Water in Municipal Industrial and Commercial Sectors Tuesday June 19 2012 8 30am 6 00pm Atlantic Council http www acus org 1101 15th Street NW 11th Floor Washington DC 20005 The workshop will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas and build consensus on the necessity of addressing the ongoing energy water nexus policy technology and management impacts on water consuming sectors I have the opportunity to speak at 2 00 on the Financing Infrastructure panel Water Innovations Alliance www waterinnovations org Advisory Board Member Alan Hinchman of GE will be speaking at 12 30 on the Technologies and Projects to Improve Energy and Water Efficiency panel By participating in this unique workshop you will Be briefed by both sides of the aisle and houses of Congress on legislative priorities Discover how the agriculture energy and water sectors can mutually benefit from integrated energy water nexus solutions Discuss the barriers and opportunities for innovative financing of water infrastructure upgrades Address standards codes and regulations that can be harnessed to improve energy and water efficiencies Examine how to build successful public acceptance and outreach efforts and Hear firsthand how the Army is addressing the nexus at its installations world wide The June 19th workshop features a wide array of thought leaders and expert speakers and participants The invitation only group comes from Congress industry technological innovators corporations utilities U S and state government agencies national laboratories regulatory bodies academia associations and the non profit community The meeting run under modified Chatham House rules guarantees that participants and speakers alike have the opportunity for frank discussion of all issues Additionally there will be opportunities to network and meet other key individuals working towards solutions to energy water nexus issues This is an invitation only conference If you are interested in attending then please RSVP to Vincent Caprio at vince waterinnovations org PROGRAM 8 00am Registration and coffee 8 30am Congressional Perspectives Moderated by David Garman Individual Presentations by David Wegner Professional Staff House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee David McCarthy Counsel House Energy and Commerce Committee Elizabeth Fox Professional Staff Member U S Senate Committee on the

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    typically 100 to 300 microns Hart said So they are learning state of the art fabrication techniques We re not just teaching them how to operate the tools we re teaching them skills that can translate to any type of job including servicing the equipment and lab technician he said So this is not a tough sell What is tough though is for schools to find funding to purchase the system which runs in the ballpark of 300 000 or less Honestly one of the concerning points for us is there seems to be at least from a funding perspective much greater access to funds internationally than there is in the United States Hart said That is why NanoProfessor is having slightly more success internationally Hart said they had just sold five systems in Sao Paulo Brazil with five to 10 more in demand before the end of the year Colombia has eight of their systems and there is interest everywhere from Turkey to China to India It s a competition for worker training that the United States could end up losing if it does not reorganize its priorities We continue to invest in research which is extremely important whereas the rest of the world takes that research and then they start investing in the workforce that s going to be able to implement it Hart said In Suzhou China for example they re launching what they are calling the Nano Polis project that will train 30 000 workers in nanotechnology It is a commitment to taking research and turning it into workforce development that Hart does not see happening so far in the United States The solution he said is for commercial companies to approach their local undergraduate institutions and tell them that they need their help in building the new nanotech enabled workforce Companies cannot pay too many 90 000 a year Ph D s but they can hire educated nano savvy employees at 50 000 a year Do that and the whole business model has changed he said It s about getting the technology to the attention of the masses training them opening up their minds to what is available he said We have an opportunity for leadership but if we don t act quickly we re going to lose it To date Hart said NanoProfessor has sold 25 systems and could end the year with anywhere between 40 to 50 additional systems sold While Hart is helping to prepare the future nanotech workforce Warwick is helping to transition nanotech out of the academic lab and into the commercial world And he sees immediate opportunity in biotech When Warwick joined the company about three years ago NanoInk had a number of tools that were largely aimed at life scientists for their chemistry or nanoengineering labs Warwick set off on a continuing mission to show biotech companies that they can benefit too They ve been featuring substrates on which you can grow living cells then treat each row

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  • Vincent Caprio's Blog Evolving Innovations » 2012 » April
    community to make sure nano is addressed in a comprehensive fashion Meanwhile we are seeing regulatory activity for several important nanomaterials nanosilver CNTs nanoclays under either TSCA or FIFRA the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act with final decisions and rulemaking expected soon But many states think federal regulation has not been adequate and are considering their own actions California notably has required data submissions in preparation for developing rules for several classes of nanomaterials Internationally the French have instituted a mandatory reporting scheme for any material made or imported into France including nanomaterials The EC may try to preempt this rule but there is precedent for it If the final rule takes effect as expected in 2013 many will find the reporting requirements onerous From the energy panel we continued to hear how nanotechnology is a key enabler in the drive to re invent our energy production delivery and storage infrastructure With the energy picture changing rapidly due to the economic situation in the key European market aggressive manufacturing subsidies from China and an unexpected plethora of inexpensive natural gas our speakers emphasized technologies that can be near term contributors to improving the efficiency of current products and reducing their manufacturing costs over more speculative disruptive technologies that will need longer development times NanoBCA s good friends Scott Livingston and Scott Rickert closed out day one of the conference Scott Livingston Chairman CEO of Livingston Securities is thrilled with the provisions of the recent Jobs Act legislation which reduce the compliance burden that has been hindering smaller companies since the introduction of Sarbannes Oxley This fits right in with his agenda to help nanotech companies raise 30 40 million in funding to scale up production and fill early orders ultimately by bringing back the small Initial Public Offering Meanwhile Livingston Securities is finding its way into the underwriting syndicate for promising IPOs that are managing to come to market even in today s distorted conditions with a restricted group of hedge funds buying 90 of the shares no matter who leads the offering Scott reminded us that both words are important in the term public financing Properly done deals provide financing for new companies and public opportunities for wealth creation Scott thinks the Jobs Act may be the death knell for business as usual on Wall Street He has seen a tenfold increase in companies that want to talk about IPOs in last 2 months and thinks a new Wall Street model is coming with a greater role for a large number of smaller investors Scott Rickert President Co Founder CEO of NanoFilm shared his strategic thinking on intellectual property protection team building location of facilities and niche finding Nanofilm s IPR strategy relies heavily on trade secrets Like Coca Cola Scott believes in secret sauces They fine tune their products for specific markets and even individual customers and manufacture in just a few locations currently in the U S and India Most of you know that NanoFilm has had great success with their coatings for eyewear They continue to innovate in this market with major new products about to appear from leading optical firms Scott is also justly proud of the company s coatings for high end commercial dinnerware used in many fine restaurants This product reduces scuffing and scratchmarks from silverware and cleans easily with low phosphate environmentally friendly detergents Plus it is made from plant derived materials with excellent safety profiles Scott s remarks on company staffing also got the audience s attention He noted that a company s needs change as it matures so leadership needs to be changed every 5 years or so In his case he has been able to fire and rehire himself as CEO several times re inventing the role and adjusting the supporting staff as necessary But whether or not the names at the top of the letterhead change the leadership team must be ready to adapt Day two of the conference began with Doug Jamison s review of Harris Harris Group s activities over the last year As Chairman and CEO Doug learned much about patient investing in 2007 2010 with no exits among the H H portfolio H H had a very successful year in 2011 with 5 liquidity events They are the following 1 Solazyme IPO http solazyme com 2 NeoPhotonics IPO http www neophotonics com 3 BioVex acquired by Amgen http www biovex com 4 Innovalight acquired by DuPont http www2 dupont com Photovoltaics en US products services silicon inks silicon inks html 5 Crystal IS acquired but not publicly disclosed http www crystal is com Harris Harris expects to see 12 15 more portfolio exits in the next three years Doug had an interesting perspective from H H s analysis of venture capital funded nanotech companies they seem to be about two years behind comparable microcap companies in their development VC companies are slower than public markets in resetting their valuations but it s coming Alternatively VC s need to justify current valuations by doing more to build company value Doug pointed out that the investors and bankers who stick with new public markets are almost always specialists not representatives of the big firms On the product side he counseled nanotech companies to think of the Dows and Duponts of the world as customers not competitors Nanomech founder and Chief Technology Officer Ajay Malshe followed Doug with another keynote address Ajay s mantra is less is more NanoMech s products use less natural resources while giving the customer more functionality The company draws on local and regional strengths supplementing research and entrepreneurship skills with a focus on identifying great people and then finding the positions where they are best utilized This goes for business talent as well as science and engineering talent In terms of product areas NanoMech has stayed out of popular areas like solar and batteries not for a lack of new ideas but to avoid the crowd they prefer to find market sectors where they can be the first actor secure strong intellectual property protection and then deliver their technology in the form the customer wants This approach led to four successful product lines so far TuffTek NanoGlide nGuard and ElementX We moved back to the regulatory world with the next keynote from Dr Frank Torti of Wake Forest University s Comprehensive Cancer Center Previously Dr Torti served as Chief Scientist for the Food and Drug Administration and his talk FDA Regulation and Innovation Reflections without Mirrors focused on ideas for improving the regulatory process One change driver is the question of how existing regulatory policy applies to innovative technologies such as nano individually or as components of a combination drug or device A second driver is the enormous shift in production of drugs devices and food from domestic to offshore manufacturers in recent years Dr Torti recited a list of ten commandments which could help the FDA develop a preemptive forward looking strategy for dealing with these sea changes 1 Build innovation into the mission and mindset of the FDA 2 Speed approvals of drugs and devices 3 Clarify the path to decisions 4 Make the approval process consistent regardless of reviewer or review group 5 Implement a review of FDA performance 6 Update atrocious FDA information systems 7 Mandate collaboration not competition between the FDA and other Federal Agencies 8 Overhaul approval processes for devices when is a premarket notification sufficient 510K and when is premarket approval needed 9 Direct Congressional funding to the Agency overall Currently each individual FDA Center is a line item 10 Encourage the FDA to partner with those who can help Our last plenary panel moderated by J Robert Tyler III Partner of Poyner Spruill described The Current State of Investing in the Nanotechnology Community This lively discussion featuring angel investors and VCs got the attention of the local press so check out the coverage by Med City News http www medcitynews com 2012 04 investing in nanotechnology what vcs angels and strategic investors look for to learn more about it We then broke into parallel tracks for the rest of the morning FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Gaylord gave a presentation on the case of Chi Mak an engineer and naturalized citizen who conspired to export sensitive defense technology to China This was the first of three sessions on the growing threats of industrial espionage Meanwhile entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch new ideas to potential investors collaborators and some of their more experienced colleagues in one on one pitch sessions As the industrial espionage group moved into discussion mode the second track moved on to a group of presentations highlighting some of the leading edge nanotech research now underway at North Carolina s outstanding universities We reconvened the plenary session for a lunchtime talk Nanobiotechnology Fitting safe and effective technologies to clinically relevant biology at the nanoscale by Dr David F Williams Ph D Professor and Director of International Affairs Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine With that title and appointments on five continents you will not be surprised to hear that Dr Williams emphasized the globalization of nanobiotechnology Researchers at universities hospitals and pharmaceutical companies around the world are using nanoscale engineering to develop drug gene vaccine and biomolecule delivery systems single or multifunctional imaging systems tissue replacements and templates for cell therapy often personalizing their approach to individual patients or small subgroups of the patient population Dr Williams illustrated these approaches with beautiful examples from his own work and that of his Wake Forest colleagues But he cautioned that to realize the promise of bionanotechnology we need to be careful to match rhetoric to science and marketing to reality This includes thoughtful engagement with regulators and the public worldwide not just here in the U S Following Dr Williams presentation we broke into parallel sessions again for the rest of the day First Steve Waite of SoundView Advisory moderated a panel discussing nanomanufacturing while Travis Reese of Mandiant Corporation discussed CyberSecurity Then Roger Cubicciotti Ph D CEO of NanoMedica and Chair of COIN s Board of Directors led a nanomedicine panel with special thanks to Sam Brauer Ph D for ably filling in for Anil Diwan on short notice while Counterintelligence Advisor Michael A Donner U S Department of Energy extended our discussion of security and intelligence threats and methods to protect your business At the end of a highly successful conference many of us enjoyed the short walk across the American Tobacco Campus to the Athletic Park where we watched the AAA Durham Bulls win their season opener This was NanoBCA s first major collaboration with COIN and the Office of Science Technology NC Department of Commerce We are looking forward to continuing our relationship in 2013 State and regional efforts to support nanotechnology R D are becoming even more important as our community s commercial impact grows a topic I hope many of you will join me in discussing at the upcoming 2012 Regional State and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop http www nano gov node 732 in Portland Oregon on May 1st and 2nd under the sponsorship of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute ONAMI and the National Nanotechnology Initiative We would like to thank all the attendees speakers and sponsors of the Nanotech Commercialization Conference for making this a very successful event We have begun planning our conference for next year and are looking forward to your participation in 2013 Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org NanoBusiness provides review of Harris Harris March 13th NYC Event Posted on April 12th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments I would like to share with you a review of the Harris Harris TINY Event held at NASDAQ NYC on March 13th I enjoy seeing the wide variety of products the Science of Nanotechnology has given us Harris Harris Group Nanotechnology Showcase Review http blog research2zero com wp content uploads 2012 01 HH Nanotechnology Showcase Day 2012 pdf Please spend a few minutes and take a look at the new Nanotechnology Video produced by Harris Harris for PBS I think Doug Jamison could have been on the big screen Nanotechnology and Harris Harris Group video http www youtube com watch v 2 MGhYXrdCE feature youtube gdata player NANO NEWS From the Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 5th Durham NC Thou Shalt Innovate 10 commandments for change at FDA http m wral com w biz story 58179911 Nanotechnology s Role in Society and Future Workforce Needs Is Topic of Keynote Address at Positive Impact Conference Presented by Wheeling High School http www marketwatch com story nanotechnologys role in society and future workforce needs is topic of keynote address at positive impact conference presented by wheeling high school 2012 04 10 Chevy Volt Why is production being halted http www csmonitor com USA 2012 0305 Chevy Volt Why is production being halted hse vince waterinnovations org hsmi BE502326 hsh d517eafa2ef1ea2e9172d35ba76a9c87 utm campaign EmailMarketing Lux Populi Newsletter March 25 2C 2012 20120325 Enjoy the Spring weather with your family and we plan on seeing you in Boston this September www nanobca org Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org NNI workshop RSL 2012 Portland Oregon Posted on April 12th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments NNI Workshop RSL 2012 Regional State Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology May 1st 2nd Embassy Suites Hotel Portland OR A workshop sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI and local partners to assess the current landscape of regional state and local RSL nanotechnology initiatives http www nano gov node 732 Click here to lock in your discounted room rate for RSL 2012 in Portland Oregon at the Embassy Suites Downtown http embassysuites1 hilton com en US es hotel PDXPSES Embassy Suites Portland Downtown Oregon index do Travel Support Paid travel is now available for qualifying regional state and local initiative programs based in the United States to attend RSL 2012 Click here for details http www nano gov rsltravelsupport Speakers Include Robert Pohanka the new NNCO Director Charles Wessner from the National Academies Sam Angelos from Hewlett Packard Don Kania of FEI and many more Click here to see the agenda http www nano gov sites default files pub resource rsl 2012 agenda for web april 3 2012 pdf WANTED Student Note Takers Free hotel room plus professional credit in Federal Government report now available for Portland area graduate students Click here for details http www nano gov node 778 Register now Click here to go directly to the registration page http www nano gov rslregistration Less than a month away the RSL 2012 workshop hosted by the NNI and ONAMI will assess the landscape of regional state and local nanotechnology initiatives and the resources that are currently available to them Please direct any questions to RSL12 nnco nano gov Hope to see you in Portland Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org Nanotech Commercialization Conference Day 2 April 4 5th Durham NC Posted on April 12th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments With over 275 attendees the Nanotech Commercialization Conference www nanoevent org continues today in Durham NC Our program http www nanoevent org node 7 has over 50 speakers from the Nanotechnology Community I would like to share with you an article from the Charlotte Observer written by Christopher Gergen entrepreneurial guru and Stephen Martin The Giant Power of Small http www charlotteobserver com 2012 04 01 v print 3139862 the giant power of small html Christopher Gergen http bullcityforward org overview who we are staff bios is the CEO of Forward Ventures supporting Bull City Forward Queen City Forward and a fellow with Fuqua s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University Stephen Martin is a director at the Center for Creative Leadership NANO NEWS 2012 Regional State Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology RSL 2012 Workshop May 1st 2nd Embassy Suites Hotel Portland OR A workshop sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI and local partners to assess the current landscape of regional state and local RSL nanotechnology initiatives http www nano gov node 732 Thank you for all your support of our Conference www nanoevent org We hope to see you on the Event trail this spring Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org NanoBusiness News NNCO Welcomes New Director Nanotech Conference April 4 5th NC Posted on April 12th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments NNCO Welcomes New Director Dr Robert Pohanka http www nano gov node 772 Dr Pohanka joins the NNCO after serving as the Director of the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative DeVenCI where he led and directed the strategy for finding private sector technologies developed independently of DoD and transitioned them to DoD Research Development and Acquisition I was in DC this week at the International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology http www nano gov node 729 and had the opportunity to meet Dr Robert Pohanka I would like to congratulate the show organizers AAAS OECD NNI and NNCO on a thought provoking and insightful event Next week many members of the Nanotechnology Community will be at our Nanotech Commercialization Conference www nanoevent org April 4 5th at the American Tobacco Campus in Research Triangle Durham NC REGISTER TODAY Over 200 attendees to date General Attendee 150 Student Attendee 50 On site Registration 200 for general attendees 75 for students https www2 sbtdc org events reg nanotech register asp HOTEL REGISTRATION Durham Marriott City Center http www marriott com hotels travel rducv durham marriott city center toDate

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    used to further identify NNI investments Most smaller agencies restrict their funded activities to a few PCAs where they can have a more significant impact for example the Food and Drug Administration Environmental Protection Agency National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Consumer Products Safety Commission together provide roughly 40 of the funding for Environment Health and Safety research PCA7 compared to 30 from NSF and 20 from NIH Looking at individual agencies we see that the requested appropriations for many agencies fall between the estimated 2012 expenditures and what they requested a year ago For DOD NASA and FDA it is below both 2012 numbers DOE is requesting a 127 Million increase over their 2012 estimate to 443 Million But even that pales in comparison to the 611 Million in last year s request which Congress cut nearly in half And despite several years at the top of the request chart DOE is behind NIH DOD and NSF in actually getting money on the street 2011 actual and 2012 estimated In terms of program focus the Supplement notes the continuing emphasis on the three current NNI Signature Initiatives while hinting that 2 or more additional signature areas may be approved in the near future It also highlights the connections between NNI investments and wider initiatives such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership In the proposed 2013 budget Solar Energy Collection and Conversion 112 Million gets the largest increase and would edge out Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond 110 Million for the first time Sustainable Nanomanufacturing would bump up to 84 Million The NNI briefing memo on the budget available at nano gov node 750 notes that two of the applied Program Component Areas Nanoscale Devices and Systems PCA 3 and Nanomanufacturing PCA 5 account for over 1 2 Billion in the 2013 proposal a reflection of the increasing emphasis on commercially relevant technology and processes Overall we should probably be pleased to see that the NNI is holding its own in a very tough budget climate One encouraging fact is that Congress provided most of the NNI agencies with approved budgets relatively early this year This makes it easier for them to plan out their programs and puts the 2012 estimated expenditures on a firmer footing than they have been in recent years I encourage those of you interested in more specific information on individual agency activities or anyone looking for good examples of currently funded research to check out the full report http nano gov node 748 NANO NEWS REGISTER TODAY Nanotech Commercialization Conference April 4 5 2012 Research Triangle Durham NC www nanoevent org http wraltechwire com business tech wire news blogpost 10829457 IBM and IBN Treating MRSA With Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine in February s Edition of Healthcare Global http world einnews com 247pr 264415 Using Body Heat to Recharge Cellphone Laptop http blogs voanews com science world 2012 02 24 using body heat to recharge cellphone laptop Is Maynard going over

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    NanoBusiness Provides Insight on National Research Council Report Posted on February 7th 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments The National Research Council NRC of the National Academies has been working for several years on the development of a Research Strategy for Environmental Health and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials http www nap edu catalog php record id 13347 On January 25th they released a draft of this strategy which is available from the National Academies website This work was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency A coalition of nanotechnology stakeholders including the NanoBCA had encouraged additional study of how nano EHS issues are being addressed and Congress authorized funds for the EPA to sponsor a four year strategy study The study activities leading to the just released report are directed by the NRC s Board on Environmental Studies Toxicology with contributions from the Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology and the National Materials Advisory Board A nineteen person committee was selected to perform the study chaired by Jonathan M Samet a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist from the University of Southern California who is an expert on the health risks of inhaled pollutants You will see several familiar names on the full list of committee members which appears at the end of this newsletter Some are members of the nanotechnology community who have participated in earlier Academies nanostudies or who lead major nanotechnology research efforts while others represent the toxicology and environmental policy communities The committee met five times between February 2010 and January 2011 The first two meetings included open sessions where they heard from a variety of experts including our own EHS committee chair Lynn Bergeson The result of the committee s deliberations so far is a suggested overall strategy for nanoEHS research which the authors claim would better focus research efforts to identify materials or products likely to cause harm and identify ways to mitigate that risk The prioritization process would consider both a material s level of hazard and the likelihood that human or environmental exposure to the material in a hazardous state would occur at some point in the full product lifecycle They considered strategies and research needs catalogs that have already been developed by various national and international groups as well as previous critiques of those strategies but the report does not provide a detailed comparison to other current strategies Much of the committee s emphasis especially in their analysis of available budgetary resources is on EHS activities funded by U S agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative But there are frequent mentions of the need for participation by a broad community of stakeholders nationally and internationally across academia industry government and non governmental organizations The strategy appears to be addressed to all those stakeholders though its boundaries are not clearly delineated Once the final version of the strategy document is released the committee will move on to the second phase of the study Phase 2 will consider the extent to which their recommendations have been implemented and will update those recommendations to reflect progress in nanoEHS research or significant changes in needs due to unforeseen developments A report on that second and final phase is scheduled to be released in about 18 months The draft strategy released last week has generated a fair amount of attention so let s take a closer look at what the report actually says The report includes some broad statements in regard to gaps in our present knowledge and in existing research portfolios First little research progress has been made on some key topics such as the effects of ingested ENMs engineered nanomaterials on human health Second there is little research on the potential health and environmental effects of the more complex ENMs that are expected to enter commerce over the next decade Third system integrative approaches are needed that can address all forms of ENMs based on their properties and an understanding of the underlying biologic interactions that determine exposure and risk We would like to propose a positive spin on the first point Earlier EHS strategists were nearly unanimous in their expectation that the most likely danger to human health would come from inhalation of nanoparticles with ingestion the least worrisome of the usual exposure routes Apparently the committee is satisfied with progress that is being made on understanding inhalation and dermal exposure and believes the time has come to move on to ingestion As for the second criticism it is again encouraging that the committee feels that research capacity is sufficient to shift some efforts beyond simple materials already in commerce to more complex materials that are not yet widely used This would seem to be a reasonable orderly progression of the research agenda The committee s own strategy is based on an integrated systems approach directly addressing the third point It emphasizes the use of risk management methods which consider the full lifecycle of both nanomaterials and products in which they are employed While this strategy is explicitly addressed to EHS aspects of engineered nanomaterials rather than to of all of nanotechnology its scope is broadened somewhat by layering a value chain analysis on top of the lifecycle analysis To borrow an example from the report to evaluate the potential impacts of the use of carbon nanotubes in bicycle frames you would consider the hazards presented by a particular type of nanotube the potential for exposure to the nanotubes during production of the frame and the likelihood that any significant quantity of nanotubes will be released during the bicycle s useful lifetime or when it is disposed of They propose three risk properties that should be assessed for any given analysis emergence severity and plausibility Emergent risks would be risks which are unexpected from basic physical and chemical properties unusually severe or resistant to standard management methods they emerge from the novel properties of the material at the nanoscale The severity of a risk quantifies the extent and magnitude of harm that might result if

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    org nms2011 tinkle Scott Livingston Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Livingston Securities LLC http www livingstonsecurities com about php Scott E Rickert PhD President Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nanofilm http www nanofilmtechnology com about nanofilm bio scott htm Travis Earles Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Initiatives Lockheed Martin Corporation William Moffitt President and Chief Executive Officer Nanosphere http www nanosphere us page management team The answer to question one is The Washington Monument The answer to question two is Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory named for Enrico Fermi Happy New Year and here is to a prosperous 2012 Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org NanoBusiness 2011 Year End News Top Trends SBIR Reauthorization Posted on January 3rd 2012 in Uncategorized No Comments I would like to share with you two Nanocentric articles that are relevant to our Community Our first article is written by our good friend Scott Rickert CEO of Nanofilm http www nanofilmtechnology com index aspx bhcp 1 and NanoBusiness Board member Mr Rickert s insight as a Nanotechnology entrepreneur is an interesting read NANOTECHNOLOGY SIX TO WATCH IN 12 A look back at 2011 nano topics pointing the way in 2012 By Scott E Rickert Dec 21 2011 http www industryweek com articles nanotechnology six to watch in 12 26211 aspx SectionID 4 It s been a year hasn t it Not always as good as we d hoped but never as dark as we feared My take We ve learned And with that knowledge we re moving on That s why this month I m making some prognostications about 2012 by revisiting our hottest topics in 2011 The 1 2 and 3 Nano Topics to Watch in 2012 are the same as for 2011 globalization commercialization and partnership as I reported from Zurich Cyprus and Boston gatherings It s clear that we can t talk about one without the others the SWOT analysis brings them all to the table Is it a threat to America s technology leadership An opportunity for our innovators A call for more government funding A plea for less interference All that and more So my advice for 2012 Get on with it The world is going to keep getting flatter That s why I ve been to talk business in India the Middle East and Europe during the fourth quarter Others are doing the same This month India announced a NanoPark near the Mumbai airport to serve the 50 nanocompanies there looking for worldwide commercialization partners China held a conference in October for 500 R D industry government and investment leaders to explore public private commercialization partnerships including a couple of America s best known consumer and nanotech names plus companies from Japan Iran Israel Germany and Korea And what about funding for commercialization in the U S The 2012 Obama administration budget with its 2 1 billion for nanotechnology still languishes in Congress and the 2013 version is likely to face the same fate It s an important facet to the jobs creation plans in the government s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership program so it may get at least some of the attention it deserves But here s the really interesting development that happened in November The National Nanotechnology Initiative made a formal response to questions about commercialization progress from the President s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST Some pundits suggest PCAST was challenging the value of the billions of tax dollars already invested The good news There was plenty to say Speakers reeled off activities for some 7 800 projects touching all 50 states and involving 15 agencies from the Department of Defense to the National Institutes of Health There s cause for concern of course A university nanotechnology institute warns that other countries are building and spending to rival our government program Lux Research cautions that Europe may surpass the U S in nanotechnology enabled products by 2015 unless we take an aggressive commercialization stance Still there s plenty of encouraging commercialization news Nanomedicine and environmentally friendlier nano enabled batteries both topics we explored here in 2011 continue to have breakthroughs Hot topic 4 in our nano review was how nanotechnology is making hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and natural gas faster easier and more environmentally friendly Despite recent concerns about a Wyoming location statistics count seven billion barrels of oil and 600 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in safe results And I d bet my bottom dollar that future eco improvements will be nano enabled ones That s the perfect segue to Topic 5 environmental health and safety concerns Work by the EPA FDA and other regulators continues apace as do the efforts of private industry While I saw a flurry of panic early in the year the mood now is calm focused and reasonable We need to keep it that way because of Topic 6 nano terrorism Remember September s column about the package bomb mailed to nanotech faculty at a Mexico university I had expected to call an all clear until December 7 That s the day another professor in Mexico suffered minor burns from a letter bomb No one has yet claimed responsibility and authorities aren t ready to speculate or even name the addressee And while the college is installing metal detectors no one is slowing down their research So let s close out 2011 on a positive note too by a stop by the geek chic nanotechnology t shirts we donned in July s column Favorite then Nanotechnology Don t sweat the big stuff New favorite Grey Goo There s greater risk from the back of your fridge The perfect sentiment for a Happy Nano New Year greeting Scott E Rickert is chief executive of Nanofilm Ltd Our second article is a technical analysis of SBIR reauthorization brought to us by By David T Ralston Jr

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    http www tinytechvc com releasedetail cfm ReleaseID 626594 Nanosys Promises Better Color in TVs Digital Devices http www tinytechvc com releasedetail cfm ReleaseID 626635 Research 2 0 Equity Research Coverage Harris Harris Group Nanotech Phase Change Ahead http www research2zero com openresearch TINYNOV2011 pdf I hope to see you in either NYC or Arlington VA Happy holidays to you and your family Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org www vincentcaprio org NanoBusiness Endorses 7th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference Dec 7th NYC Posted on December 5th 2011 in Uncategorized No Comments I will be speaking at the 7th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference http www livingstonsecurities com livingston conference2011 schedule php on Wednesday December 7th from 4 45 5 30 on the Water Innovations panel Scott Livingston is holding his 7th Annual year end investor conference scheduled for December 7th at the offices of Chadbourne Parke located at 30 Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan Scott and his team would like to have you join them AGENDA http www livingstonsecurities com livingston conference2011 schedule php REGISTER TODAY To register for the conference please email Jonathan Mason at jonathan livingstonsecurities com The Livingston Securities Nanotechnology Investor and Stakeholder Summit is Wall Street s largest gathering for corporate executives private company CEOs institutional investors political and policy leaders and high profile academic leaders to gather and connect with each other to learn about the latest trends in innovation and corporate development and connect with others that can help them further their interests Each year Livingston Securities has the stakeholders in our target industries energy cleantech consumer electronics green buildings water advanced materials healthcare attend and present their companies funds etc to the attendees and investor base Livingston Securities audience is keenly interested in commercializing advanced technologies The theme is that the revolution in materials science that is enabled by discovery at the nanoscale is having a substantial impact on almost every industry region company and investment portfolio in our economy and enabling entirely new industries companies and solutions to the great challenges that face us as a society The 7th Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference has a robust agenda and a fabulous line up of speakers WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 2011 8 30 9 00am Registration 9 00 9 15am Welcoming Remarks Scott Livingston Chief Executive Officer Livingston Securities 9 15 10 00am Panel 1 Solar 2 0 Moderator Jack Hidary Chairman Global Solar Center and NREL Board Member Frank Yang Senior Director Business Development Stion Corp Chris Norris President CEO Alta Devices 10 00 10 45am Panel 2 Nanotechnology the Built Environment David Paratore Chief Executive Officer Nanosteel Corp Jim Fugitte Chief Executive Officer Wind Energy Corp Glen Finkel Chief Executive Officer Pureti Corp 10 45 11 15am Interview Karen Lightman Managing Director MEMS Industry Group 11 15 12 00pm Panel 3 Companies to Watch 2012 IPO Candidates Earl Charles Chief Financial Officer Aoptix Corp Peter Antoinette

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    important Jim discussed a few examples from his earlier successes in the telecommunications industry such as coming up with the phrase cable modem to describe what technically should have been called a codec A lot more people knew what a modem was than a codec So that is what we all have today cable modems They faced a similar problem with the TuffTek cutting tool line How many people in the machine tool industry can decipher an electron micrograph showing boron nitride and titanium layers But they all get the point of the company s Tool that Lasts a Lifetime campaign which Jim placed in big spreads in key trade publications To continue this theme Jim told us that NanoMech is now buying up the trademarks for lots of little ns For example their product line of suspended solid lubricant nanoparticles has been renamed from Nanoglide to nGlide Following Jim s presentation we broke into parallel tracks for two final commercialization breakout sessions before rejoining for a Washington Roundup You will find Eeva Viinikka s presentation http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Viinikka 0927p pdf about nanotech commercialization and Mike Milburn s overview http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Milburn 0927p pdf of Metabolon s metabolytics and diagnostic platforms on the web In the roundup NanoBCA Advisory Board Members Joe Piche and Philip Lippel joined me for a lively discussion of the current situation in Washington I began with some remarks about the Congressional budget wars noting that the Technology Innovation Program at the National Institute of Standards was under fire just as its predecessor the Advanced Technology Program had been for many years It looks like new awards under this program which has benefited several of our member companies will be zeroed out in the 2012 budget ARPA E s budget is likely to be well below the President s Request for similar reasons Phil and Joe noted that Congress unease at funding programs with such close ties to industry does not seem to be mirrored in other countries with the possible exception of the UK potentially putting U S firms at a competitive disadvantage internationally The overall budget situation for the agencies participating in the NNI is not quite so bleak once the House and Senate get together the total R D funding is likely to be about 6 below the President s request If you are interested in following the details of how the budget battles affect R D Phil recommended that you keep an eye on the AAAS budget and policy http www aaas org spp rd fy2012 program website For now we are assuming that NNI funding will probably come in at about that same figure 6 or so below the requested 2 1B But dollars aren t the whole picture Most of the agencies have not received final appropriations and have been operating under continuing resolutions which makes it very difficult to start new programs It remains to be seen if this will slow down the funding transitions Drs Tinkle and Roco told us about or if the agencies will find ways to begin adjusting their priorities within existing programs I want to thank all the participants and attendees for two stimulating days in Boston Many of us also enjoyed our overlap with the Water Innovations Alliance and Foundation Conference http www waterinnovations org presentations2011 php and with the Academic Industry Workshop on Nanofabrication Techniques for Roll to Roll http www internano org r2rworkshop Manufacturing hosted by our National Nanomanufacturing Network colleagues Regards Vincent Caprio Serving the Nanotechnology Community for Over a Decade Executive Director NanoBusiness Commercialization Association 203 733 1949 vincent nanobca org www nanobca org Review of 10th Annual NanoBusiness Conference Day 1 September 26th Posted on November 16th 2011 in Uncategorized No Comments Today we www nanobca org would like to provide the Nanotechnology Community with the complete review of our 10th Annual Conference which was held in late September in Boston To kick things off National Nanomanufacturing Network NNN Managing Director Jeffrey Morse and I invited all attendees to a reception on Sunday evening where we were able catch up on news from old friends while making some new ones On Monday morning Jeff and I opened the formal conference at the Seaport Convention Center where I noted that many of the nanotechnology advances we would be hearing about were discussed as concepts 10 years ago at our first annual conference Then it sounded like science fiction and now we have shown that it is reality That is a long way to travel in a decade and we should all be proud of the progress our community has made Our first speaker Sally Tinkle http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Tinkle 0926a pdf Acting Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office NNCO gave us an overview of the Federal perspective on this journey The National Nanotechnology Initiative NNI is a key component of the Obama Administration s Strategy for American Innovation http www whitehouse gov innovation strategy since it will continue to catalyze breakthroughs for national priorities in many fields of commerce It is also closely linked to other programs that are part of the innovation strategy such as the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership and the Materials Genome Initiative The NNI enters its second decade having shepherded a collective investment of 14B through FY 2011 with an additional 2 1B requested for the current fiscal year It continues to be guided by the four goals first articulated in 2004 advancing world class nanotechnology research and development fostering the transfer of new technologies into products for commercial and public benefit developing and sustaining educational resources a skilled workforce and the supporting infrastructure and tools to advance nanotechnology and supporting the responsible development of nanotechnology Sally told us to expect a gradual shift in emphasis among those goals as the field continues to mature Agencies are increasing the focus on technology transfer and nanomanufacturing focus in order to smooth out the innovation pipeline Workforce training and the development of tools and infrastructure are also getting a priority bump The guiding principles for these activities are laid out in the Strategic Plan released last year Nanomanufacturing research funding is scheduled to double over five years with much of the increase featured in the NNI s first three Signature Initiatives http nano gov initiatives government signature Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond Sustainable Nanomanufacturing Creating the Industries of the Future and Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion Sally promised there will be more outreach to the business community such as opportunities to participate in new public private partnerships and contribute to the development of topics for new signature initiatives Sally also introduced Dr James Kadtke who was recently hired into NNCO as a liaison with state and industry groups The other hat that Dr Tinkle wears at NNCO says Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator She put it on to promise us that the eagerly awaited update to the NNI s EHS strategy would appear before the end of October This promise has since been fulfilled with the October 20th publication of the NNI 2011 Environmental Health and Safety Research Strategy http nano gov sites default files pub resource nni 2011 ehs research strategy pdf along with a very helpful summary brochure http nano gov sites default files pub resource 2011 brochure ehsresearchstrategy pdf As Sally previewed at our conference refinements added since the publication of its predecessor include the addition of an integrated ethical legal and social issues package a new section on nanoinformatics and an integrated approach to assessing the risk of a product spanning all life cycle stages The NNI agencies understand that our community would like them to work at a speed compatible with the product development lifecycle They are trying to meet this need by prioritizing materials for study and by investing in the establishment of standards for measurement terminology and nomenclature and assays which facilitate EHS studies of a wide variety of materials Efforts to develop nanoinformatics and predictive modeling techniques are also highlighted by allowing sensible categorization of data these tools can reduce the materials specific data needed to for example implement control banding procedures that ensure worker safety The Monday Keynotes continued with a presentation from NanoBCA s longtime friend George Thompson http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Thompson 0926a pdf George who assesses technologies and develops technology strategies for Intel continued with the theme that the nanotechnology community is entering a new era He characterizes the transition as a shift from technology innovation to revolution Many people think of nano now in terms of large scale utilization of previously developed concepts In fact many of us point to George s industry as leaders in that area But he does not think the revolution is over Echoing Winston Churchill s prediction after Montgomery s Eighth Army forced Rommel to retreat from Egypt in 1942 George told us Now this is not the end It is not even the beginning of the end But it is perhaps the end of the beginning In our case it is the end of the first phase of development for the nanotechnology industry Since the Stone Age humankind s eras have been defined by the materials we learn to control and the technology society develops with that control The semiconductor industry shipped nearly 1 020 transistors last year enabling the ubiquitous computing environment in which we now live But silicon the material that defines our current age has been pushed close to its ultimate limits The nanotechnology that the semiconductor industry has incorporated so far will bring the age of the silicon transistor to a close The industry is counting on revolutionary nanotechnology to usher in the next era which may be built on graphene and three dimensional chip architectures or on some other scalable nanomaterial Intel invests together with its major competitors in programs like the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative NRI to develop new devices and computing paradigms that can continue the magic of Moore for decades to come George got us all thinking about what we can learn from semi s perspective at the point of the nanotech spear What is it that makes Moore s magic work allowing each successive generation of transistor to be not just smaller but also less expensive and better performing What materials systems other than silicon technology can support multiple generations of scaled fabrication Can other industries support the kind of collaborative pre competitive roadmapping and development that helped semiconductor technology get to where it is today He noted the important roles that first government DOD customers and then niche consumer markets hearing aids played in the commercialization of the transistor along with the early leadership of Bell Laboratories which at the time was a near monopoly operating a highly regulated business He praised the operation of universities consortia suppliers and national laboratories as an open innovation system for early stage research and pointed out the importance of strong intellectual property policies designed to allow a smooth transition into proprietary development work Through the Semiconductor Research Organization the industry spends upwards of 100M per year on highly structured public private partnerships The NRI research consortium is looking for the successor to the silicon switch while other SRC programs include the Global Research Collaboration international programs in several areas including nanomanufacturing science the Focus Center Research Program multi university projects working on technologies needed to reach the end of the CMOS roadmap the Education Alliance providing scholarship and fellowship support along with mentoring to attract the brightest undergraduate and graduate students to industry relevant research and several smaller topical research collaborations Another important point that George said industry groups should keep in mind if they are thinking about emulating this model is the need to simultaneously optimize the interests of companies agencies students and universities and clarity about the time frame for the investment Ross Kozarsky http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Ross 0926a pdf from the Lux Research Applied Materials Team closed out the morning Keynote session Lux continues to look at a three part value chain consisting of nanomaterials intermediates and end user products He discussed Arkema Zyvex Easton as the prototypical chain Arkema makes carbon nanotubes Zyvex disperses the tubes in prepreg mixtures and Easton incorporates the prepregs into molded sporting goods Lux sees intermediates as the sweet spot right now with the highest profit margins Although final product producers have higher revenues Some companies produce nanomaterials and incorporate them into intermediates themselves graphene producer Vorbeck for example will only sell intermediates not raw materials Manufacturers of sporting goods and large products like airplanes are typical first adopters for nanotechnology Neither of these markets use high volumes of materials Automotive uses dominate the market for multi wall carbon nanotubes according to a recent Lux market study a trend they expect to continue MWNT production capacity currently exceeds demand and will continue to do so for 5 years he continued This may well cut the price currently averaging 100 kg in half Next Ross turned to the solar industry another subject of a recent Lux study They looked at several thin film technology vendors including Solexant Nanosolar and ISET All are working with ink based roll to roll manufacturing techniques in an effort to reduce beat conventional PV production costs while reducing panel weight Nanosolar and ISET use Copper Indium Gallium Selenide CIGS bearing inks while Solexant uses Cadmium Telluride CdTe Nanosolar has maintained a low profile since former RAMBUS head Geoff Tate replaced founding CEO Martin Roscheisen in March 2010 Solexant which has raised 84M since 2006 delayed plans to locate manufacturing in Oregon and may abandon a 25M loan They have also been through a CEO change with Silicon Valley veteran Brad Mattson replacing founder Damoder Reddy in June While these companies trying to bring nanotechnology and other new ideas into the solar field struggle with startup problems First Solar and other crystalline Silicon c Si manufacturers continue to drive down the cost of the conventional competition One of the few recent nanotech bright spots in the solar field is Innovalight They too set out to make thin film PV panels but switched to a different path when they sized up the marketplace The firm acquired by Dupont in July 2011 decided to make just nanocrystal silicon ink which existing panel makers use to improve the efficiency of their products Ross did discuss the failure of Solyndra stating that they got the engineering scaling issues right but not the economic and business scaling issues As you undoubtedly know the Solyndra bankruptcy which could wipe out most of a 500M loan guaranteed by the Department of Energy has been a contentious topic in Washington Ross pointed out that other ambitious plans to reshape the solar market such as Applied Materials attempt to produce ready to go cell manufacturing plants had also failed on a similar scale Applied s 2010 Materials shut down of its SunFab business with a 425 million restructuring charge drew far less attention The morning continued with two parallel sessions moderated by attorneys with long and strong track records in nanotech The first session hosted by our EHS subcommittee chair Lynn Bergeson of Bergeson and Campbell featured a lively discussion of the status of environmental health and safety issues while the second hosted by Foley and Lardner s Steven Rutt started with an panel on recent changes in patent law and continued with reports by James Watkins and Ahmed Busnaina on technologies now emerging from the NSF Nanomanufacturing centers they lead at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University respectively If you are interested in more details you can download EHS presentations from Nanocomp s Mark Banash http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Banash 0926a pdf NIOSH s Chuck Geraci http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Geraci 0926a pdf along with Jim Watkins report http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA wp content uploads 2011 10 Watkins 0926a pdf from the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing from the web http www ctnanobusiness org NanoBCA 2011 nanomanufacturing summit presentations Peter Antoinette of Nanocomp opened the Monday afternoon session with the first of our CEO Keynotes Peter continued the theme of nanotech s second act using Nanocomp s progress to illustrate how promising nanomaterials are finding early applications Peter told us how Nanocomp is scaling up its production of yarns and sheets which bring the extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes to the macroscale Melding CNT production methods with traditional wire spinning and braiding machinery they are now producing cables sheets and tapes in a newly renovated facility in Manchester NH on two shifts six days a week Peter reminded us that the patent situation for carbon nanotubes is a bit murky at the moment The two key composition of matter patents IBM s for single wall tubes and NEC s for multiwalls both of which have been widely licensed are nearing expiration It remains to be seen if other IPR related to CNT production will end up in one or more patent pools or whether someone will declare war But Nanocomp and others are building their own product and IPR portfolios which Peter asserted are beginning to be recognized as enablers of strategically important advanced materials NASA s recently launched Juno mission will rely on Nanocomp s conductive sheets to protect critical components from electrostatic discharge when the spacecraft passes through Jupiter s radiation belts As they often do Nanocomp collaborated with a major prime contractor in this case Lockheed Martin to bring this project to fruition Peter reminded us that our industry still has a ways to go in scaleup a typical specialty chemical from a company like Toray or Dupont has production volume of tens of thousands of tonnes per year To

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